The CW network is developing a new show entitled Paradise Lost. It is described as a ‘quirky murder mystery with magical realism overtones in which the secretive, sinful and spiritual lives of a community’s residents are exposed.’
There isn’t a lot of information available at this time, but as reported by The Tracking board; CBS TV studios will be producing. From the TV show Sleepy Hollow Joey Falco will be writing the pilot. Brad Silberling and Amy Brenneman will executive produce. Silberling is best known as a producer for the films Land of the Lost, Moonlight Mile and 10 Items or Less. Brenneman is a veteran actress, having been in Heat, Casper and playing the title character on the TV show Judging Amy. She did serve as executive producer on the latter as well as another TV show Heartbeat.
Upon initial reading of the title, two things come to mind about where this show could go. The classic poem written by John Milton Paradise Lost sounds like it could be lend ideas and themes for the show. This poem tells of the fall of Satan and when he was cast out of heaven by God for his disobedience. This would align with the concepts the show is going for of magic, sin, secrets and the spiritual. If this is the route they are taking, it could make for compelling idea.
The other concept that comes to mind when seeing the title is the three-part documentary of the same name. It followed the “West Memphis Three” murders that happened in 1993. This was a case where three Gothic teenagers were convicted of murdering three young boys. Prosecution argued it was part of a Satanic ritual. It seems highly unlikely to follow this story, but who knows. Aspects from this could be explored in this new show though.
With the network having produced shows like Supernatural it will be interesting to see where this goes. Sleepy Hollow also had quite the following. It ran 4 seasons and following the vein of supernatural investigation and crime. Falco seems to be comfortable in this genre.